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Rocketship Charters Have a Bumpy Ride in Nashville: Follow the Money
Rocketship Charters are planning to open in Nashville and Memphis, but there have been a few problems along the way. Lisa Fingeroot of the Nashville Ledger writes that the for-profit corporation,which relies on computers to cut costs, has experienced a dramatic decline in its test scores in the past few years. Once hailed as the “next big thing” because of its high scores, that reputation has melted away, as this article shows. View Article ]   Apr 15, 2014, 08:11

Where kids get suspended for not sitting up straight
Some school disciplines are lenient. Some are strict. And then there’s the Noble Charter School network in Chicago. At the 14 Noble campuses, kids get suspended for infractions such as not sitting up straight in class, being a minute late and not looking at the teacher when instructed. And until last week, students ordered into detention had to pay $5 every time. View Article ]   Apr 14, 2014, 08:20

SBOE May Get Private Funds to See Out-of-State Charters
Is this a good idea? - js Charter school operators looking to open campuses in Texas may soon have new help making their case to the elected officials charged with overseeing their expansion into the state. At its Austin meeting this week, the Texas State Board of Education is set to discuss whether to allow private foundations to pay for SBOE members to travel to out-of-state operators under review for approval in Texas. View Article ]   Apr 11, 2014, 08:38

Rocketship alters course as scores drop
Rocketship Education, a charter school company known for pioneering the use of computers to boost the academic achievement of low income students, is dumping a controversial online teaching program before it opens a school in Nashville, company officials say. Rocketship opened its first elementary school in California in 2008 and earned a national reputation for success with a “blended” learning model in which students spend a part of the day learning online while supervised by an aide instead of a certified teacher. The rest of the students’ day takes place in a traditional classroom. View Article ]   Apr 11, 2014, 08:34

A Review of Some Top Charter Chains
Amanda Potterton of Arizona State University presented this paper at the recent annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Now that these charter chains are going national, it is a good time to review them. View Article ]   Apr 11, 2014, 08:15

Legal problem raised over online school
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Attorney General Gary King says the Farmington school district has improperly contracted with a private company to manage an online charter school. King reached the conclusion in a nonbinding legal opinion released Tuesday. The New Mexico Virtual Academy opened in 2012, and serves students statewide in grades six to 12. Virginia-based K12 Inc. provides curriculum and administrative services. State law prohibits charter schools, which are public schools financed with taxpayer money, to contract with for-profit companies to manage the school. View Article ]   Apr 9, 2014, 08:15

All-girls Islamic academy in Texas grows little by little
RICHARDSON, TEXAS — The father of four daughters, Qadeer Qazi is one man in a family of all girls. Now he runs a school full of them. In August, Qazi opened Qalam Collegiate Academy — the first all-girls school in Richardson. Initially, there were nine students and six teachers at the sixth- through 10th-grade academy. That’s since expanded to 17 students and eight teachers. “Having an all-girls school is nothing new to Dallas, but it’s new to this area,” said Qazi, noting prominent Dallas-based all-girls schools such as The Hockaday School and Ursuline Academy of Dallas. “Girls are geniuses, but they need the right environment. View Article ]   Apr 7, 2014, 08:10

Charter school applicant interviews set for Tuesday, Wednesday
The State Board of Education's Committee on School Initiatives will interview charter school applicants beginning at 8 a.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday. There are currently 13 open charter school slots. A live webcast of the interviews will be available.   Aug 31, 2011, 08:40

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